The Buffalo Sabres re-signed rotational defenseman Mike Weber on Thursday to a three-year, $5 million contract. Weber worked his way into the starting lineup this past season and gives the Sabres something that their defense otherwise lacks – grit. For that price Weber is a solid re-signing that gives the Sabres depth on the blue line and a defenseman who is focused on defending, which the Sabres don’t have enough of.
The Sabres are in dire need of defensemen that have grit and aren’t worried about their offensive contributions. And while Weber doesn’t have the talent to be a first line blue liner he does give the Sabres someone who will tirelessly defend. Last year Weber led the Sabres with 92 blocked shots in 42 games, something that was synonymous with the Sabres in the mid-2000s.
In an offseason that promised rebuilding and change, the Sabres have stayed relatively stagnant. Most surprisingly was retaining GM Darcy Regier who many thought would be given his walking papers like he did to new Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff in the middle of the season. Instead, both Regier and Ron Rolston are back for another year. Likewise, the Sabres’ two superstars Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek have yet to be moved. And in addition to the Weber extension, the Sabres also re-signed backup, and perhaps future starter, Jhonas Enroth. However, with the 2013 NHL Draft and the free agency period upcoming there is still a lot that could happen to the roster.